50 Newsworthy Anniversaries in November 2015 for you to write about (and make money from!)

We’re continuing our new and improved ideas4writers blog.

There are no major changes this week, but next week we’ll pick one of the entries below and do a full-scale breakdown of it, just like we did in Ditch Your Day Job! (free ebook).

We should be able to fill at least a couple of pages with ideas for articles you could write about that single entry. If you’d like to vote for a particular entry please email dave@ideas4writers.co.uk, otherwise we’ll just pick one at random.

So, here are 50 newsworthy anniversaries coming up in November 2015 for you to write about (and make money from). The anniversaries are listed 6 months in advance to give you enough time for research and writing.

We have painstakingly cross-checked every entry, but you are advised to check all facts again as part of your research. Please let us know of any errors you find.

The Date-A-Base Book 2015 | ideas4writersThe listing below is a small sample of the entries for November from The Date-A-Base Book 2015There are 350 anniversaries for November in the book, which covers the whole of 2015 from January to December and features more than 4,000 anniversaries in total.

Just one published article should cover the cost of your copy many times over.

If you need to work further ahead, The Date-A-Base Book 2016 is also available.

Members onlyideas4writers lifetime members can download a 150-page preview of the 2017 edition from the members’ home page. (The preview lists all the newsworthy birth and death anniversaries in 2017, but not the events. The full version should be available at the end of June.)


500 years ago (22 Nov 1515)
Birth of Mary of Guise (also known as Mary of Lorraine). Queen consort of James V of Scotland (1538–42). Regent of Scotland (1554–60). Mother of Mary, Queen of Scots.

250 years ago (1 Nov 1765)
The Stamp Act (a British tax on the colonies of North America) went into effect. Its purpose was to help pay for troops stationed in North America following Britain’s victory in the Seven Years’ War. (The tax was hugely unpopular with colonists and the Act was repealed in March 1766. It was one of the key grievances that led to the American Revolution.)

250 years ago (14 Nov 1765)
Birth of Robert Fulton, American engineer and inventor who developed the first commercially successful steamboat.

200 years ago (1 Nov 1815)
Birth of Crawford Long, pioneering American physician. The first to use ether as an anaesthetic during surgery.

200 years ago (2 Nov 1815)
Birth of George Boole, British mathematician who invented Boolean algebra (also called Boolean logic), which forms the basis of modern computer circuits and programming.

200 years ago (24 Nov 1815)
Birth of Grace Darling, British heroine who famously rescued survivors of a shipwreck off Northumberland in 1838. She and her father used a rowing boat as the sea was too rough for the lifeboat.

150 years ago (2 Nov 1865)
Birth of Warren G. Harding, 29th President of the United States.

150 years ago (10 Nov 1865)
Death of Henry Wirz, Swiss-born American soldier. Confederate Army captain in the U.S. Civil War. Superintendent of a prison-of-war camp in Andersonville, Georgia – for which he was later convicted of excessive cruelty. The only person in the USA to have been executed for war crimes. (Hanged.)

150 years ago (12 Nov 1865)
Death of Elizabeth Gaskell, (Mrs. Gaskell), British novelist and short story writer who also wrote the first biography of Charlotte Brontë.

150 years ago (17 Nov 1865)
Death of James McCune Smith, American physician and abolitionist. The first African American to hold a medical degree. The first African American to run a pharmacy in the USA. A prominent campaigner against slavery.

150 years ago (26 Nov 1865)
Lewis Carroll’s novel Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland was published.

100 years ago (11 Nov 1915)
Birth of William Proxmire, American politician, Senator from Wisconsin. Best known for his crusade against officials who waste public money, and his Golden Fleece Awards which were given to those whom he felt were the most guilty. Also noted for his personal fitness regime.

100 years ago (12 Nov 1915)
Birth of Roland Barthes, French literary theorist, semiotician, philosopher, essayist and social/literary critic.

100 years ago (14 Nov 1915)
Death of Booker T. Washington, American educator, reformer, writer and presidential adviser. Born into slavery. The main spokesman for the African American community in the decade before his death. First president of Tuskegee University, Alabama.

100 years ago (25 Nov 1915)
Birth of Augusto Pinochet, President/dictator of Chile (1974–90).

80 years ago (5 Nov 1935)
The board game Monopoly was launched by Parker Brothers.

80 years ago (14 Nov 1935)
Holocaust: the Nazis began implementing the Nuremburg Laws, stripping German Jews of their German citizenship. The laws were extended to cover gypsies and negroes on 26th November.

80 years ago (15 Nov 1935)
The Philippines became a self-governing commonwealth. Manuel L. Quezon became President.

75 years ago (4 Nov 1940)
Death of Manuel Azaña, President of Spain (1936–39).

75 years ago (5 Nov 1940)
Franklin D. Roosevelt became the only U.S. President to win a third term in office.

75 years ago (7 Nov 1940)
The Tacoma Narrows Bridge in Washington, USA collapsed. It is one of the most famous engineering failures in history.

75 years ago (9 Nov 1940)
Death of Neville Chamberlain, British Prime Minister (1937–40).

75 years ago (13 Nov 1940)
The première of Walt Disney’s animated movie Fantasia, in New York City, USA.

75 years ago (14 Nov 1940)
World War II: German Luftwaffe bombers virtually destroyed the city of Coventry, England, including the medieval cathedral.

75 years ago (15 Nov 1940)
Holocaust: all Jews in Warsaw, Poland were transferred to the Warsaw Ghetto. (On 16th the Ghetto was sealed off from the outside world, with about 400,000 Jews confined within its 4 square kilometres. On 19th any Jewish property found outside the Ghetto was confiscated by the Nazis.)

75 years ago (20 Nov 1940)
World War II: Hungary joined the Axis powers, swiftly followed by Romania and Slovakia.

75 years ago (27 Nov 1940)
Birth of Bruce Lee, American-born film actor. Known for his martial arts movies including Enter the Dragon and Fist of Fury. (Died 1973.)

50 years ago (6 Nov 1965)
Freedom Flights between Cuba and the USA began. The USA began airlifting Cuban refugees to Miami, Florida. The flights ended in 1973, by which time 300,000 Cubans had been relocated. (Little Havana in Miami was established as a result of this.)

50 years ago (8 Nov 1965)
The first episode of the soap opera Days of Our Lives was broadcast on NBC TV in the USA.

50 years ago (9 Nov 1965)
The death penalty was abolished in the United Kingdom.

50 years ago (11 Nov 1965)
Rhodesia issued a Unilateral Declaration of Independence from Britain. The move was widely condemned, and the United Nations imposed economic sanctions on Rhodesia on 20th November.

50 years ago (26 Nov 1965)
France became the world’s third space power when it successfully launched its satellite Astérix into orbit from Algeria.

40 years ago (3 Nov 1975)
Britain’s first North Sea oil pipeline was officially opened.

40 years ago (6 Nov 1975)
British punk rock group the Sex Pistols gave their first public performance, at St Martin’s College of Art in London. The performance was cut short and a fight broke out.

40 years ago (11 Nov 1975)
Angola gained its independence from Portugal and immediately began a civil war which continued (with some interludes) until April 2002.

40 years ago (16 Nov 1975 – Jun 1976)
The Third Cod War between Iceland and Great Britain. Icelandic victory. Iceland retained its recently introduced 200-mile exclusion zone, severely damaging the British fishing industry which was already in decline.

40 years ago (20 Nov 1975)
Death of General Francisco Franco, Spanish dictator (1939–75). Juan Carlos I became King 2 days later.

30 years ago (15 Nov 1985)
The Anglo–Irish Agreement was signed in Dublin by British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher and Irish President Garret Fitzerald. It gave the Irish Government a consultative role in the affairs of Northern Ireland.

30 years ago (18 Nov 1985)
The comic strip Calvin and Hobbes by Bill Watterson was first published. (It ended in December 1995.)

30 years ago (19 Nov 1985)
US President Ronald Reagan and Soviet leader Mikhail Gorbachev met for the first time at a superpower summit in Geneva, Switzerland.

25 years ago (7 Nov 1990)
Mary Robinson became the first female President of Ireland.

25 years ago (7 Nov 1990)
Death of Lawrence Durrell, Indian-born British novelist, poet, playwright and travel writer. Known for his series of novels The Alexandria Quartet.

25 years ago (12 Nov 1990)
Crown Prince Akihito, eldest son of Emperor Hirohito, was formally enthroned as Emperor of Japan.

25 years ago (21 Nov 1990)
The Cold War ended as leaders of NATO and Warsaw Pact states signed the Charter of Paris and a treaty on conventional forces in Europe.

25 years ago (23 Nov 1990)
Death of Roald Dahl, British novelist, short story writer and screenwriter (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, James and the Giant Peach, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, Matilda, Fantastic Mr. Fox, The BFG, and more).

25 years ago (28 Nov 1990)
British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher formally resigned following her announcement on 22nd November. John Major succeeded her.

20 years ago (28 Nov 1995)
The 55 mph federal speed limit was abolished in the USA (effective from 8th December). Individual states became free to set their own maximum speed limits – typically 65 or 70 mph, but 75 mph in a few states. (The 55 mph limit was introduced during the 1974 Middle East oil embargo.)

10 years ago (22 Nov 2005)
Angela Merkel became the first female Chancellor of Germany.

10 years ago (24 Nov 2005)
The Licensing Act 2003 came into effect in England and Wales. It introduced flexibility to pub opening hours, with the potential for 24-hour opening.

10 years ago (27 Nov 2005)
The world’s first partial face transplant was carried out in France. The patient, Isabelle Dinoire, had been mauled by a dog.

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